Upcoming Webinars and Events for CESA http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/ ESyst: Optimizing Energy Storage Savings with Geli’s New Online Tool http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/esyst-optimizing-energy-storage-savings-with-gelis-new-online-tool/?date=2017-05-24 <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/218844813" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>Slides from this webinar are available as a pdf <strong><a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/wp-content/uploads/Geli-ESyst-Final.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong>.</p> <hr><p>In this webinar, Geli and Clean Energy Group presented Geli’s newly released online energy storage and solar+storage design tool, <a href="https://geli.net/2016/11/geli-esyst-getting-started/" target="_blank">ESyst</a>, and walked through an example of how the free tool can be used to optimize electric bill savings for an actual affordable housing property. Clean Energy Group is partnering with Geli to provide free ESyst analysis support to nonprofit organizations working in low-income communities and affordable housing.</p> <p>Geli, an energy storage control and monitoring software company, developed ESyst to help standardize and simplify the process of selecting optimal energy storage and solar+storage systems for commercial and industrial properties – allowing users to right-size energy storage systems in a matter of minutes. The free tool performs an in-depth site analysis that calculates both energy and demand charges savings over time, with functionality to generate a detailed project pro forma. ESyst supports analysis of over 10,000 electric rate tariffs across 1,300 U.S. utility territories, and includes 75 different hardware combinations for projects ranging in size from 30 kilowatts to more than a megawatt.</p> <p><strong>Panelists:</strong></p> <ul><li>Andrew Krulewitz, Director, Marketing &amp; Strategy, Geli</li> <li>Seth Mullendore, Project Director, Clean Energy Group (Host)</li> </ul><p>This webinar was a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at <a href="http://www.resilient-power.org" target="_blank">www.resilient-power.org</a>.</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:06:39 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/esyst-optimizing-energy-storage-savings-with-gelis-new-online-tool/?date=2017-05-24 Crowd-Financing Solar for Nonprofits Serving Low-Income Communities http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/crowd-financing-solar-for-nonprofits-serving-low-income-communities/?date=2017-05-25 <p><span>Nonprofit community service providers that serve low-income communities have faced challenges in financing solar for their own facilities. These organizations’ lack of credit history, potentially unreliable revenue, and inability to take advantage of tax credits and accelerated depreciation can make traditional solar financing models a poor fit. <br><br>One answer that has emerged is “crowd-funding,” in which many individuals each provide a small amount of money for a project. Crowd-funding can involve donations, or it can involve investments, in which the individuals who participate expect a financial return. In this webinar, Andreas Karelas, the Executive Director of RE-volv, and Todd Bluechel, the Vice President of Marketing and Sales at CollectiveSun, will present two models that rely on crowd-funding to enable nonprofits to adopt solar. Mr. Karelas will discuss RE-volv’s model, which allows for crowd-sourced donations. Mr. Bluechel will discuss “CrowdLending,” one of CollectiveSun’s financing options that facilitates loans to fund solar projects after tax credits have been applied. Their presentations will be followed by a Q&amp;A with the audience.  <br><br>This is one in a series of webinars presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) as part of the Sustainable Solar Education Project on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income residents. The Sustainable Solar Education Project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is helping state and municipal officials to ensure distributed solar electricity is equitable and consumer friendly.  <br></span></p> Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:39:44 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/crowd-financing-solar-for-nonprofits-serving-low-income-communities/?date=2017-05-25 Community Solar for Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/community-solar-for-low-and-moderate-income-consumers/?date=2017-06-01 <p>Because community solar can be made accessible to renters and can include flexible terms, it holds promise for spreading the benefits of solar to low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. In this webinar, guest speakers from Solstice and from Alpine Bank will present two financially sustainable models for making community solar more available to LMI consumers.</p> <p>Guest speakers from Solstice will their efforts to develop new underwriting practices that might help moderate-income customers qualify for community solar, while keeping risk low for the large investors who provide the initial funding.<br><br>Guest speakers from Alpine Bank will discuss a project in which the bank bought shares in a community solar project and donated them to a community organization, which in turn allotted the monthly bill credits to low-income households.<br><br>These presentations will be followed by a Q&amp;A with the audience.<br><br><strong>Panelists:</strong></p> <ul><li>Kelly Roache, Senior Program Manager at Solstice</li> <li>David Miller, Senior Vice President at Alpine Bank</li> <li>Noel Hansen, Vice President and eBanking Specialist, Alpine Bank</li> <li>Diana Chace, Program Associate, Clean Energy States Alliance</li> </ul><p>This is one in a series of <a href="http://cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a> webinars on bringing the benefits of solar to low-income residents. The Sustainable Solar Education Project, funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, is helping state and municipal officials to ensure distributed solar electricity is equitable and consumer friendly.</p> Wed, 03 May 2017 09:33:00 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/community-solar-for-low-and-moderate-income-consumers/?date=2017-06-01 The Case for Building a U.S. Offshore Wind Vessel + Other Opportunities for the U.S. O&G Sector in Offshore Wind http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/the-case-for-building-us-offshore-wind-vessel/?date=2017-06-06 <p>What will it take to build a Jones Act-compliant offshore wind vessel in the U.S.? Can such a vessel help reduce the cost of offshore wind development? As the U.S. offshore wind market grows, so do the opportunities and the business case for building a U.S. ship that can meet the heavy-lift needs of the industry. <br><br>Please join us in this one-hour webinar on the soon-to-be-released "Vessel Study" by naval architect, GustoMSC. Brian Cheater from GustoMSC will discuss the study commissioned by the Northeast Multi-State Offshore Wind group. Because of the Jones Act, marine transportation of goods in U.S. waters must be undertaken with U.S.-flagged ships. The U.S. offshore wind industry needs US-flagged heavy-lift vessels to efficiently build offshore wind farms. Brian will discuss the technical requirements and the design, followed by the business case required to support construction of such a vessel.<br> <br>The opportunity to construct a U.S. heavy-lift vessel presents a unique opportunity for the U.S. O&amp;G sector to engage in the offshore wind power sector. But there are many other synergies between the oil and gas sector and the offshore wind sector. Jennifer Runyon from PennWell will introduce Brian and highlight some of the new commercial opportunities for the O&amp;G sector, including shipbuilding, substructures, and a strong national supply-chain and workforce. As the nascent U.S. offshore wind industry gets its sea legs, there are many lessons learned from the O&amp;G sector's involvement in Europe's offshore wind development and even from the first offshore wind project in the US. Jenn will also introduce PennWell's upcoming Offshore Wind Executive Summit in Houston from August 9-10 that will bring the two industries together.<br><br><strong>Panelists:</strong></p> <ul><li>Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World</li> <li>Brian Cheater, Technical Director - Naval Architecture, GustoMSC US, Inc.</li> <li>Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy Group</li> </ul><p><br>This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group for the Northeast Wind Resource Center (NWRC). For more information and resources related to windpower in the Northeastern U.S., visit <a href="http://www.northeastwindcenter.org/" target="_blank">www.northeastwindcenter.org</a>.</p> Thu, 04 May 2017 13:49:21 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/the-case-for-building-us-offshore-wind-vessel/?date=2017-06-06 New York's Clean Energy Standard http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/new-yorks-clean-energy-standard/?date=2017-06-07 <p>Last year, the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the state's bold Clean Energy Standard, which had been proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo and then fleshed out by the PSC and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Clean Energy Standard will require 50 percent of New York's electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar by 2030 and it is also designed to help sustain the ongoing operations of several of the state’s nuclear power plants. Implementation planning is well underway. <br><br>In this webinar, guest speakers from NYSERDA will explain the Clean Energy Standard and how it will be implemented. <br><br><strong>Panelists:</strong></p> <ul><li>Doreen Harris, Director for Large Scale Renewables, NYSERDA</li> <li>Abbey DeRocker, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA</li> <li>Warren Leon, Executive Director, Clean Energy States Alliance (Moderator)</li> </ul><p><br>This webinar is presented by CESA for the RPS Collaborative.</p> Tue, 09 May 2017 15:27:19 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/new-yorks-clean-energy-standard/?date=2017-06-07 Utility-Driven Solar Projects for Low-Income Customers http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/utility-driven-solar-projects-for-low-income-customers/?date=2017-06-08 <p>Some utilities have begun developing solar projects specifically to serve low-income customers and underrepresented neighborhoods. This webinar features two utility pilot projects that are installing solar panels on rooftops in low-income neighborhoods.<br><br>Paul Tyno of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in Buffalo, New York will present on National Grid’s Fruit Belt Neighborhood Solar Partnership, a project which is installing 500kW of rooftop solar in the Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo.<br><br>David Castro of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) in California will discuss LADWP’s Solar Rooftops Program, which is installing up to 1MW of residential rooftop solar in Los Angeles, focusing on neighborhoods that have had low penetration of distributed solar.<br><br>This webinar is being produced by CESA for the <a href="http://cesa.org/projects/sustainable-solar/" target="_blank">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a> as part of a series on strategies to ensure that solar remains consumer friendly and benefits low- and moderate-income households. This project is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. </p> Fri, 05 May 2017 11:48:18 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/utility-driven-solar-projects-for-low-income-customers/?date=2017-06-08 CESA Spring 2017 Membership Meeting http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/spring-2017-members-meeting/?date=2017-06-11 <p>The Spring 2017 CESA Membership Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 11-13 and co-hosted by the <a href="https://www.mwcog.org/" target="_blank">Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)</a>. <br> <br><strong>A draft agenda is available</strong> <strong><a href="http://cleanenergyfunds.org/assets/2017-Files/CESA-Members-Meeting-Agenda-June-2017.pdf" target="_blank">here</a></strong>. The agenda is still a work in progress. If you have any suggestions on meeting session topics or guest speakers, please <a href="mailto:maria@cleanegroup.org">let us know</a> as soon as possible.<br> <br>The meeting sessions for this two-day event will be held at COG offices at 777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 300. The first session will start at 9 am on Monday, June 12 and the last session will end at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 13. CESA will host an optional dinner on Sunday, June 11th at 6:30 pm, as well as a networking reception on the evening of Monday, June 12th, from 6 to 8 pm.<br> <br>We have secured a room block at the <a href="http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/district-of-columbia/hilton-garden-inn-washington-dc-us-capitol-DCANMGI/index.html" target="_blank">Hilton Garden Inn/ U.S. Capitol</a> at 1225 First Street, NE, with a discounted rate of $195 plus tax per night. We will book these room by a rooming list, so all hotel reservations will go through CESA. Please note your hotel needs on the registration form.<br> <br><strong>The hotel room block will close on Tuesday, April 4</strong>, so it is very important that you register for the meeting as soon as possible to ensure a hotel reservation. You will have 48 hours before the date of arrival to cancel or change your reservation without penalty. <br> <br>If you will not need hotel reservations, we ask that you also please register as soon as possible so that we can gauge attendance.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmLnISrbe8OM5MtChvcTOaXZCX3iTDZ0ohurhewsRSIbA9Wg/viewform" target="_blank">&lt;&lt;REGISTER HERE&gt;&gt;</a></strong></h3> <p style="text-align: left;">Use the <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmLnISrbe8OM5MtChvcTOaXZCX3iTDZ0ohurhewsRSIbA9Wg/viewform" target="_blank">online registration form</a> to register for the meeting, to indicate hotel room needs, and to indicate which days and meals you will attend. Registration is free, and CESA will cover meals during the meeting.<br> <br>We will send out hotel confirmations, along with more details about the meeting logistics, by mid-May. If you have any questions, please <a href="mailto:maria@cleanegroup.org">contact Maria</a>.</p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 11:03:21 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/spring-2017-members-meeting/?date=2017-06-11 Workshop for State Officials: Bringing the Benefits of Solar to Low- and Moderate-Income Residents http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/sustainable-solar-education-project-workshop/?date=2017-06-14 <p><strong>Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Training Center<br>777 North Capitol Street NE, Suite 300<br>Washington, D.C.</strong></p> <p>The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is offering a special opportunity for state officials to participate in a full-day workshop on low- and moderate-income (LMI) solar. The workshop will be held in Washington, D.C. on June 14th, and is only open to state employees. Workshop attendees who request travel support will receive reimbursement covering most or all of their travel and hotel costs.<br><br>The workshop will examine the challenges states face in promoting LMI solar and will highlight ideas for overcoming those challenges. Participants will engage leading experts and peers from across the country in discussions on such topics as financing, using community solar to advance solar for LMI households, LMI solar+storage as a strategy to reduce lifecycle costs, and harnessing existing poverty and housing programs for solar. The workshop will help state officials identify and plan appropriate strategies for LMI solar for their particular state.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://cleanenergyfunds.org/assets/2017-Files/LMI-Solar-Workshop-Agenda.pdf" target="_blank">Read an agenda here</a></strong>. <br><br>State employees from any state are welcome to apply to attend the workshop. We encourage small teams of two to four people to apply. A team can include officials from different agencies within a state or representatives of municipalities or NGOs with which the state proposes to work. However, each individual must apply individually. <strong>Please submit completed applications by close of business on Friday, March 10th. Applications submitted after March 10th will be reviewed, but only on a rolling basis until the workshop has been filled. </strong></p> <h3 style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevD8cmSu6W2cU97yINlhBQhzid4kKQMdhy5dkt3ZigxiIytQ/viewform?c=0&amp;w=1" target="_blank">&lt;&lt; APPLY NOW &gt;&gt;</a></strong></h3> <p>This workshop is being conducted through CESA’s <a href="http://cleanenergyfunds.org/projects/sustainable-solar/" target="_blank">Sustainable Solar Education Project</a>, which provides information and educational resources to state and municipal officials on strategies to ensure distributed solar electricity remains consumer friendly and accessible for LMI households. The Sustainable Solar Education Project is managed by CESA and is funded through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals program. </p> <p>Contact CESA Project Director Nate Hausman by phone at (802)223-2554 x206 or by email at <a href="http://nate@cleanegroup.org" target="_blank">nate@cleanegroup.org</a> if you have any questions.  </p> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:31:17 -0500 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/sustainable-solar-education-project-workshop/?date=2017-06-14 Solar Risk: How Energy Storage Can Preserve Solar Savings in California Affordable Housing http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/california-solar-risk-energy-storage-affordable-housing/?date=2017-06-15 <p><a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-resources/resource/california-solar-risk/" target="_blank"><img class="right" title="" src="http://cleanenergyfunds.org/assets/Uploads/_resampled/ResizedImage187242-solar-risk-cover.JPG" alt="solar risk cover" width="187" height="242"></a>A <a href="http://www.cleanegroup.org/ceg-resources/resource/california-solar-risk/" target="_blank">paper</a> released by Clean Energy Group finds that California multifamily affordable housing properties with solar PV systems could face more than a 50 percent reduction in electricity bill savings over the next few years, but adding energy storage to the solar system could completely restore those savings to solar customers. Based on this analysis, the paper recommends that policymakers – in California and beyond – support incentives for combined solar+storage systems in affordable housing to minimize and hedge against these future solar regulatory risks.<br><br>In this webinar, co-authors Wayne Waite and Seth Mullendore will present their findings. The authors will be joined by Stephanie Chen of the The Greenlining Institute, who will discuss the broader impact of these changes on California’s low-income communities.<br><br><strong>Presenters:</strong></p> <ul><li>Seth Mullendore, Project Director, Clean Energy Group</li> <li>Wayne Waite, Program and Policy Consultant, Waite &amp; Associates</li> <li>Stephanie Chen, Energy &amp; Telecommunications Policy Director, The Greenlining Institute</li> </ul><p>This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at <a href="http://www.resilient-power.org" target="_blank">www.resilient-power.org</a>.</p> Wed, 17 May 2017 13:51:33 -0400 http://cleanenergyfunds.org/webinars/california-solar-risk-energy-storage-affordable-housing/?date=2017-06-15